The Painted Hall

The Painted Hall boasts one of the most spectacular Baroque interiors in Europe. The incredible ceiling and wall decorations were conceived and executed by British artist Sir James Thornhill.

The epic painting scheme, known as ‘Britain’s Sistine Chapel’ took nineteen years from the start of the commission to its completion in 1726. By turns extravagant, playful, thoughtful, and politically shrewd, Thornhill’s masterpiece features a colourful cast of characters from history and mythology, telling the stories of politics, scientific achievement, and military endeavours from the time.